Once you eat Alaskan halibut, its hard to go back to any other whitefish. It sits on a pedestal for fish eaters and is sustainably harvested from pristine, glacial fed waters. However, compared to other types of fish like farmed tilapia and cod, Alaskan halibut can be relatively expensive due to its high quality and small-boat fisherman sourcing.
So what makes wild Alaskan halibut worth it?
Sustainable and well managed fishery
In Alaska, protecting the future of both the halibut stocks and the environment takes priority over opportunities for commercial harvest. Halibut management in Alaska is a collaborative process, in which the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) assesses stocks and sets catch limits annually to protect the population and maintain quality. From these limits, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) allocates quota to fishermen. For nearly 100 years, the IPHC has set sustainable catch limits to ensure wild Alaska halibut are available in Alaska for generations to come.
Because of these climate-forward sustainable management policies, there is a limited quantity of wild halibut that can be harvested from Alaska's waters. A limited quantity of anything makes for higher prices. Considering how this management benefits the ecosystem, consider your halibut purchase an investment in the planet and in sustainability.
Easy to cook to perfection
Many people find wild Alaskan halibut to be the best tasting white fish out there. Alaskan halibut has a mild, sweet flavor and firm, flaky texture that many people enjoy. This lean, mild and meaty whitefish is extremely versatile for use in a variety of different recipes that include baking, grilling, searing, sautéing, and steaming. Halibut makes a delicious ceviche and fish fry.
High in protein and low in fat
Alaskan halibut is a great source of protein, which is essential for building and repairing tissues in the body. The high protein content of wild Alaska halibut is easily digestible and has all nine amino acids the body can’t produce itself — a complete protein of the highest quality. A 4-ounce serving* of Alaskan halibut provides about 30 grams of protein.
The omega-3 fatty acids in Alaskan halibut may also help to reduce inflammation in the body, which is linked to a variety of chronic diseases.
Contains vitamins, minerals and omega-3s
Wild halibut is a good source of several important vitamins and minerals, including vitamin D, vitamin B12, magnesium, and selenium. Selenium acts as a powerful antioxidant that prevents cognitive decline, is vital for thyroid health, boosts the immune system, may reduce risks of cancers and may protect against heart disease. It's also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for brain function, heart health, and reducing inflammation in the body.
Lowers blood pressure
Some studies suggest that eating fish like Alaskan halibut can help to lower blood pressure, which may reduce the risk of heart disease.
Because of its high quality, sustainability and many health benefits, Alaskan halibut is highly sought after by chefs, foodies and consumers who value premium seafood products. The price tag might not allow you not enjoy it daily, but if you make it your medicinal seafood highlight of the week, you won't be disappointed!
*Our custom processed filets are 6-9 ounces on average.